Cue the Strings - a film about Low


The Main 1 Fri, Apr 21, 2023 7:10 PM
The Main 1 Sat, Apr 22, 2023 4:20 PM
The Main 1 Fri, Apr 28, 2023 7:00 PM
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Festival Programs:Special Presentations
Minnesota Made
Release Year:2023
Runtime:73 min
Minnesota Connections
Culture & Society
Best of Fest
Director:Philip Harder
Executive Producer:Patrick Riley
Producer:Rick Fuller
Tracy Tabery-Weller
Cinematographer:Philip Harder
Editor:JoLynn Garnes
Philip Harder


Best of Fest Encore Screening

Join us at the free MSPIFF Creativity High and Low PanelDETAILS HERE.

Star Tribune Reception Celebrating Cue the String - a film about Low & Being Mary Tyler Moore
Saturday, April 22 • 5:30pm – 7:30pm Pracna Bar • 117 SE Main Street, Minneapolis

Join Star Tribune for a double feature on Saturday, April 22! Following the screening of Cue the Strings - a film about Low and before Being Mary Tyler Moore, mix and mingle with Star Tribune writers Jon Bream and Neal Justin, and Director Phil Harder (Cue the Strings) and Director James Adolphus (Being Mary Tyler Moore).

About the film

Cue the Strings - a film about Low follows the entire career of the iconic band Low and their relationship with director Philip Harder. Low and Harder made music videos and short films together, filming on ice, in railroad yards, and in rapidly disintegrating rooms.

Low formed in 1993. Before the band’s debut record, Harder, armed with a 16mm camera, filmed the band on Lake Superior in minus-30 windchill. At the time Low bucked rock protocol by turning their volume down and the haunting visuals helped define their minimalist approach. As Low matured they turned up and the lyrics grew more aggressive. The visuals followed suit. Year after year Harder continued to film Low’s music until the band’s last show in September 2022.

For Cue the Strings Harder went back into the vaults and reassembled all of his 16mm negatives, including outtakes, new material mixed with old, much of which has never been released. 29 years later, Low leaves the stage for the final time in their hometown of Duluth.

Director Biography

Minneapolis-based filmmaker Philip Harder is the director of the feature Tuscaloosa (2020), starring Natalia Dyer, Tate Donovan and YG, and The Claw (2021), both of which appeared at MSPIFF.